Nelson & Racehorse

Nelson & Racehorse the painting and it’s explanations.

Nelson’s Arctic Voyage was one of the formative events in Horatio Nelson’s life.

Nelson, HMS Racehorse
Nelson’ Arctic Voyage, HMS Racehorse

"Nelson & Racehorse", 100 x 75 cm (39½" x 29½"), £12,000 (about $15,000) by Gordon Frickers.


Racehorse, painting, as interpreted from the log book of the day of Racehorse, and from Admiralty drawings, a ‘Nelson’ painting closely supervised by the legendary authority Peter Goodwin with further advice from Captain Frank Scott, square rig master, grandson of “Scott of the Antarctic”. 

“Nelson’s Arctic Voyage” : 
“HM Sloop Racehorse, North Sea storm, Arctic expedition 1773”.
Subtitle “‘Put Preventer Gammoning upon the Bowsprit’, Friday 17 September.”

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Who was this Admiral Horatio Nelson, how was his character moulded?

Is Nelson a role model for today’s youth?

There are many clues in this text.
The leadership of the two captains greatly influenced Nelson and another young man who went on to become one of the founders of the U S Navy.

One of my ‘Nelson and Trafalgar’ paintings, a series yet to be exhibited in public.

Nelson & Racehorse

This moment is taken directly from the ship’s log book, full titled by Peter Goodwin, author of “Nelson’s Arctic Voyage”.  
Literally every detail in this painting is the result of carefully considered discussions between Peter Goodwin, Captain Frank Scott and myself.
As a Royal Navy a marine engineer by qualification, twenty years the keeper and curator of HMS Victory including preparing HMS Victory for Trafalgar 200m author and of 17 maritime books Peter Goodwin has to be one of the world leading authorities on ship history.
Captain Frank Scott is the grandson of ‘Scott of the Antarctic and a square rig ship master in his own right.
Their contribution to the technical details and authority this painting is been invaluable.
You can rightly imagine, working with these men is an experience in itself.
I feel honoured to work with these very knowledgeable sea men.
This has to be a very special painting explained in my text, Further reading “HM Sloop Racehorse, North Sea storm, Arctic expedition 1773”, “Nelson’s Arctic Voyage”.
“HM Sloop Racehorse, North Sea storm, Arctic expedition 1773”.
The painting subtitle is written in the ship’s log book with notable sange froid, “Put Preventer Gammoning upon the Bowsprit”, Friday 17 September 1773.
This dangerous, difficult task, to put a new, tighter Preventer Gammoning upon the Bowsprit to keep the sprite rigid, the bowsprit having worked loose, as seen here is performed of necessity in a North Sea storm as just another routine hazard for sea men of this period during autumnal storm is usually considered a dockyard job.

‘The Nelson and Trafalgar’ series, a series yet to be exhibited in public and a painting for the new book ‘Nelson’s Arctic Voyage’ by Peter Goodwin ISBN 978-1-4729-5417-6.

A painting as interpreted from the log book of the day of Racehorse, and from Admiralty drawings, a ‘Nelson’ painting closely supervised by the legendary authority Peter Goodwin with further advice from Captain Frank Scott, square rig master, grandson of “Scott of the Antarctic”. 

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Young Nelson
Peter Goodwin, Gordon Frickers, HM Sloop Racehorse

Peter Goodwin, naval author exceptional :

is the former ‘Keeper and Curator, HMS Victory‘ and author of 17 naval books.

He wrote “This is unbelievably impressive; I can feel the gratings in the ship’s head dropping from under my feet as the ship lunges into another trough of sea and temporarily unbalanced my legs anticipate the next lurch as I struggle with the other men as they ‘put a preventer gammoning on the bowsprit“.

Painting :

is our salute to Nelson and the men and an insight into shipboard work in a severe gale, pre ‘Health and Safety’ rules…
My Racehorse was produced in cooperation with the distinguished naval author Peter Goodwin for his new book “Nelson’s Arctic Voyage” and published by Bloomsbury,  May 2019.

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HMS Racehorse, detail

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